Education – College of Nursing

CBHX 408/608 Medicine in Literature

The relationship between literature and medicine will be explored through the study of novels, short stories, and essays about medical situations, characters, and themes. Thematic areas to be examined include bioethics in literature; the hospital as environment; relationships between health care workers and patients; illness as metaphor and as reality. Discussion on what writers are communicating and how they do so will emphasize characterization, setting, tone, and point of view. Contact Deirdre Neilen at

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Submissions accepted annually September 1 through May 1.